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August 25, 2003

 

Wenonah G. Haire, DMD

Catawba Cultural Preservation Project

P. O. Box 750

Catawba, SC 29731

 

            Re:       Repatriation of Human Remains

 

Dear Dr. Haire:

 

            In reviewing the inventory of The Charleston Museum, I have compiled a short list which I have provided below depicting specifically the location human remains and funerary objects have been retrieved.

 

37 boxes of human remains         Beaufort County, South Carolina

15 boxes of human remains         Charleston County, South Carolina

1 box of human remains              Clarendon County, South Carolina

1 box of human remains              Florence County, South Carolina

8 boxes of human remains

& funerary objects                         Georgetown, South Carolina

1 box of human remains              Kershaw County, South Carolina

2 boxes of human remains           Orangeburg County, South Carolina

3 boxes of human remains           Richland County, South Carolina

 

            The Carolina Indian Heritage Association (CIHA), in the interest of all native tribal groups in South Carolina, makes claim to all of the above referenced remains and funerary objects held by the Charleston Museum.

 

            It appears that these particular remains have no cultural or geographical connection to the Catawba Indians.  Therefore, we request immediate relinquishment of the Catawba Nation's claim to these items.

 

            Should you have any question, please feel free to contact me.  With kindest regards, I remain

 

                                                                           Sincerely yours,

 

 

 

                                                                           S. Michelle Pounds

                                                                           Chief Executive Officer

 

MP/ms

 

 

 

cc:        National NAGPRA Program

            National Park Service

            1849 C Street, N.W. 2253

            Washington, DC 20240

 

            Governor Mark Sanford

            Office of the Governor

            P. O. Box 12267

            Columbia, SC 29730

 

            Ms. Janie Davis

            Commission for Minority Affairs

            6904 North Main Street, Suite 107

            Columbia, SC 29203

 

            Jonathan M. Leader, State Archeologist

            1321 Pendleton Street

            Columbia, SC 29208

 

            The Charleston Museum          

            360 Meeting Street

            Charleston, SC 29403-6297